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Columbia Experts Assess Media Coverage of Public Health Aspects Surrounding WTC AttacksOffice of Public AffairsIn a forum sponsored by the School of Journalism, Columbia experts in public health assessed that the media are doing a reasonable job in covering the public-health aspects of September 11. Panelists included Regina Santella, Scott Hammer, and Stephen Morse. View the archived webcast here.
Demand for Organs Has Led to Worldwide TraffickingOffice of Public AffairsBecause of the shortage of organs, particularly kidneys, patients are traveling to India, China and Eastern Europe to purchase organs, said David Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine in a lecture on October 8, 2002.
Experts Discuss National and Local Efforts to Prepare for Bioterrorist AttacksOffice of Public AffairsIn a forum sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, D-Westchester, a panel of experts, including outgoing Columbia President Rupp, discuss national and local efforts to prepare for bioterrorist attacks in the months since September 11.
Genes and Genomes: Impact on Medicine and Society
Columbia 250thIn celebration of its 250th anniversary, Columbia University brought together an international group of scholars and researchers for a two-day conference that explored the remarkable birth, astounding impact, and puzzling future of genetics.
Global Health Seminar Series
Columbia University Medical CenterThe Global Health Seminar Series online archive contains videos of the seminars along with slide presentations, speaker biographies, and the seminar schedule.
Global PerspectivesOffice of Public AffairsThe Global Perspectives symposium, held on October 3, 2002, looked at the human face of globalization: how the import of culture and economic systems impact people worldwide, and how globalization affects public health issues and the environment. Lisa Anderson, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs moderated the discussion.
Illicit Drug Use and HIV Risk Among Older AdultsOffice of Public AffairsOver the past ten years the population of adults over fifty with HIV/AIDS has doubled and currently 10% of AIDS cases reported to the CDC are among this population. In light of this, on March 7, 2003, the School of Social Work and the Center for Intervention and Prevention Research on HIV and Drug Abuse brought together prominent researchers in drug abuse, HIV and aging to identify best practices for HIV prevention and intervention among older adults who use illicit drugs.
Leading Experts Discuss the Future of New York City's WaterwaysOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of leading experts and environmentalists assessing the health and vitality of New York City's harbor and chief waterway, the Hudson River. The panel discussion was cosponsored by the New York Conservation Education Fund and the Columbia Earth Institute.
Legal Implications of the Domestic Response to September 11Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 3, 2001, which explored racial profiling before and after the attack and electronic surveillance under current and proposed laws. The forum was moderated by Law School Dean David Leebron and Vice Dean Michael Dorf; participants included law professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Debra Livingston, and Jeffrey Fagan, professor in the School of Public Health.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Warns Against "Rush to Judgement" in Rebuilding WTC SiteOffice of Public AffairsNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned against a "rush to judgment" in deciding how to rebuild the World Trade Center site during the keynote address at the eighth annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum on April 29, 2002. At the forum, Columbia announced the launch of the Dinkins Archives and Oral History Project, which will include an archive of former Mayor David Dinkins' official and personal papers and correspondence.
SARS in the Context of Emerging Infectious ThreatsNew York Academy of Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesIn February 2003, the SARS virus appeared out of nowhere, catching the international medical and scientific community by surprise. In response, the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, convened a meeting where scientists and health experts attempted to assess the epidemic, its impacts, and where it might lead.
State of the Planet 2004: Mobilizing the Sciences to Fight Global Poverty
The third biennial "State of the Planet" conference was hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Global decision makers and leading scientists offered a roadmap to sustainable development in the twenty-first century.
The 21st Century CityOffice of Public AffairsThe 21st Century City symposium, held on October 3, 2002, examined questions about how cities should manage changes in population and their effects on services, health care, culture, and government and how the structure of the city serves the city. Architecture dean Bernard Tschumi also shared design possibilities for Lower Manhattan. Owen Gutfreund, Barnard history and urban studies professor, moderated the discussion.
The Current Climate of GlobalizationOffice of Public AffairsFour of the world's leaders in economics and development, Columbia's Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Economics; Jeffrey Sachs, director, Columbia's Earth Institute; George Soros, chairman, the Open Society Institute, and Mark Malloch-Brown, administrator, UN Development Program, debated open border trade-offs in "Globalization and Inequality" in a forum on February 28, 2003.
The Future of Social SecurityWestern governments, including that of the United States, have lost confidence in traditional social security systems, and in the future social protection will be based on a "multi-pillared approach" of public and private responsibility, said Dalmer Hoskins, secretary general of the International Social Security Agency, in a lecture sponsored by the School of Social Work on February 26, 2002.

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